Keeping up to date with vaccinations is vital, to help keep your pet protected against potentially life threatening diseases. At all our surgeries we offer full health checks and vaccinations.
Why does my dog need vaccinations?
Dogs need to have yearly vaccines to keep them protected against deadly diseases.
These diseases are:
When should I vaccinate my puppy?
Vaccination courses are usually started from 8 weeks of age with further injections required 2 and 4 weeks later. Puppies must be at least 10 weeks old for the second vaccination. It is important that puppies do not interact with other, unvaccinated dogs or venture outside where they may have been, until one week after the second vaccination. In some circumstances, the vet may recommend a third parvovirus injection when the puppy is 16 weeks of age or older.
It is important to vaccinate puppies as early as possible so that they can begin to socialise with other dogs. We do usually recommend not starting the vaccination course until they are fully settled into their new home, normally approximately one week after you pick them up!
Kennel Cough Vaccination
Kennel Cough is a very infectious virus that your dogs can catch from other dogs. Despite its name the virus can be caught anywhere, is also airborne and can be transmitted by objects and plants.
Your dog will need to be vaccinated every year to keep up with immunity. Many kennels and day cares will require vaccination before taking your dog. Onset of immunity is five days after vaccination so if required for kennels always make sure it is done well in advance.
The rabies vaccine is needed if travelling abroad with your dog. You will need to have it and a pet passport before leaving the country. The vaccination is repeated every three years if you are continuing to travel. Visit our pet passport page to learn more about going on holiday with your dog.